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The Failure of Common Sense in Public Health
Ask the CDC what to do about fighting COVID-19, and they tell you to wash your hands. A recent article in the Atlantic detailed that washing your hands to fight COVID-19 (a respiratory disease) is of virtually no value.
Ask CDC and the FDA what to do if you are sick with COVID-19, and they tell you to take drugs, lots of expensive drugs that don’t really do much, like Remdesivir. Several studies (random clinical and in vitro) have documented that Remdesivir is useless against COVID-19. Even the WHO tells physicians not to use it.
Our government is telling us to do things that don’t work. It defies common sense.
It makes no sense, but it doesn’t stop there.
For years, even our Government has told people to cleanse their noses to avoid getting a cold or flu. Study after study shows that nasal hygiene can help you stay healthy.
It’s common sense; just like washing your hands and mouth removes pathogens and helps avoid illnesses, so does washing your nose. Really when we think about it, bacteria and viruses don’t get into our bodies through our hands; they get in through our noses and mouth.
Despite the evidence that nasal hygiene can help keep you healthy, the Government refuses to tell people about it. Early in the pandemic, a group of healthcare professionals petitioned the CDC to issue guidance calling on people to practice nasal hygiene. The CDC refused. Moreover, the evidence suggests that the CDC refused to issue nasal hygiene guidance without ever reading the studies that supported the petition.
Moreover, the CDC refused to issue guidance telling people to do something where there was evidence it worked. At the same time, it was issuing guidance on handwashing and such — things that had no data to support them because we know they don’t work.
Since then, more and more studies have shown the value of nasal hygiene during the pandemic. You would hope the Government would see the mounting evidence and finally embrace science and common sense.
No, in fact, it has gotten worse.
Now that we face a “Tripledemic” (RSV, COVID, and the annual flu) this Fall and Winter, the Government has taken down at least one of the webpages instructing Americans to wash their nose to fight colds and flu. (Side note, we all know COVID-19 is a coronavirus; coronaviruses cause about 30 percent of colds.) (Side-side note, a recent in vitro study found out that xylitol, which is an ingredient in Xlear nasal spray, blocks viral adhesion of RSV, COVID-19, and H1N1 to human airway tissue).
It is the failure of common sense for the Government to be pushing Americans to do things we know don’t work — yet at the same time censoring information about things that we know — from common sense and studies both — do work.
However, it’s not just the Government. All too many of us have lost our sense of common sense.
Most of us wash our hands even when we don’t see them covered in dirt. You go to the bathroom; you wash your hands — no matter what they look like. You just tended to a sick kid; you wash your hands even if you don’t feel snot all over them. You go to cook something; you wash your hands, dirty or not. We do it because we know it helps keep us healthy and because the alternative is, well, just gross.
Likewise, we take showers even when we don’t feel dirty. Feeling clean makes us feel better. It helps us stay healthy.
Almost everyone brushes their teeth regularly (twice a day and then some). We don’t wait until we have cavities to brush. We don’t wait until our breath makes our friends cry. We just do it.
Those basic, good hygiene practices are in vogue. Here is proof: Read some dating profiles — it’s one of the most common things people say they are looking for in a partner. Good hygiene, friendly smile, etc. The failure to practice daily hygiene is a black mark on us. No one wants to be the person who doesn’t wash their hands or brush their teeth. Indeed, no one wants to date that guy or gal. It’s just gross.
However, we stop there. Few of us think washing your nose is part of simple good hygiene. However, it should be part of your daily hygiene routine in a world full of airborne respiratory viruses.
Most people never wash their noses, even though studies show it can help you stay healthy. It’s the equivalent of someone saying: “No, I won’t put antiseptic on my kid’s scrapped knee. I’d rather he risk sepsis”; or “I’m not going to brush my teeth. I’ll just see if I get cavities or gum disease.”
A good many people turn to nasal hygiene after they’ve gotten ill. This, too, makes no sense. It’s the equivalent of only washing your hands when they’re covered in sick or only taking a shower when you reek of body odor.
Hygiene, showering, brushing our teeth, washing our hands, and washing our nose…it is just a common sense part of a healthy lifestyle.
And it is costing us — as individuals, families, and as a nation.
Even if the Government doesn’t tell you to do something that works, we all have it within ourselves to exercise sound judgment and common sense and do the things we know can help us. It’s not always easy. Eating right when you’re famished and staring at a double-cheeseburger or a plate of fresh, hot chocolate chip cookies can be challenging.
Some things are relatively easy: get up and be active, wash your hands, take showers, brush your teeth, wash your nose.
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